Local Information

To find books, government documents and other materials owned by Maag Library for Local Information, try a subject search in MaagNet, [Maag Library's online public access catalog (OPAC)] using the name of the place, for example:

  • Ohio
  • Western Reserve, Connecticut Land Company
  • Mahoning County, Mahoning Valley, Mahoning River Valley, Youngstown [county seat], Canfield [original county seat], Poland [town one, range one of the Western Reserve], Mahoning River
  • Trumbull County, Warren [county seat]
  • Columbiana County, Salem, Lisbon [county seat]
  • Mill Creek Park, Idora Park

In Pennsylvania:

  • Mercer County, Shenango Valley,Shenango River Valley, Sharon
  • Lawrence County, New Castle
  • Allegheny County, Pittsburgh

You may also search the OhioLINK Central Catalog for books and other materials owned by other libraries in OhioLINK.

Listed below are suggested resources to begin your research.  It is by no means an exhaustive list.

History and Genealogy            
 

Ohio

Check the following Ohio resources for local information:

  • Ohio Historical Society Archives
  • County Histories of the "Old Northwest." Series II: Ohio   (Micro film 115)   See also Maps and Atlases
    • Reel Index to the Microform Collection of County Histories of the "Old Northwest" Series II:  Ohio.   (Micro film 115 Index)
  • Encyclopedia of Ohio  Ref. F 489 .E5 1994 (Ready Ref.)
  • Ohio Facts  Ref. F 486.O28 (Ready Ref.) [lots of info including a listing of cities, villages, townships and unincorporated communities by county]
  • Ohio Almanac  Ref. AY271.L6 O5 (Ready Ref.)
  • Ohio County Profiles Ref. HB3525.O3 A44 1995 (Ready Ref.)
  • All About Ohio Almanac Ref. F491 .A44 1994  (Ready Ref.)
  • Bell, Carol Willsey.  Ohio Area Key:  A Guide to Genealogical Records of the State of Ohio, Including Maps, Histories, Charts, and Other Helpful Materials.  F 490 .F52 (Gen. Coll.)
  • Trucksis, Theresa and The NOLA Staff.  A Guide to Local Historical Materials in the Libraries of Northeast Ohio [1977]  Ref.Z1323 .T78 (Ready Ref.)

The Western Reserve

  • Cherry, Peter Peterson, 1848- . The Western Reserve and early Ohio. [1921]  F495 .C52 (Spec. Coll. )
  • Hatcher, Harlan. The Western Reserve: The Story of New Connecticut in Ohio.  [1949]  F497.W5 H27 (Spec. Coll.)
  • Hoover, Earl R. Cradle of Greatness : National and World Achievements of Ohio's Western Reserve  [1977] F497.W5 H66 (Gen. Coll.)
  • Makowski, Karen. Early Pioneers of the Western Reserve. [1973] F497.W5 R4 (Gen. Coll.)
  • Rice, Harvey. Incidents of Pioneer Life in the Early Settlement of the Connecticut Western Reserve. [1881] F497.W5 R4 (Spec. Coll.)
  • Wickham, Gertrude Van Rensselaer. Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve. [4 v. in 1. 1896-1924] F497.W5 W63 (Gen. Coll.)
  • Western Reserve Historical Society. Connecticut Land Company and Accompanying Papers.  F 486 .C6W4 (Gen. Coll.)
  • Upton, Harriet Taylor and H. G. Cutler.  History of the Western Reserve. [1910]   (Micro film 115 no.293)

Youngstown/Mahoning County

  • Aley, Howard.  A Heritage to Share: the Bicentennial History of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Ohio F499.Y8 A43 (Gen. & Spec. Coll.& Ready Ref.)>
  • Bell, Carol Willsey. Mahoning County, Ohio, 1845 Tax List, Showing the First Ownership of Lands at the County's Formation in 1846.  F 490 .B4 (Spec Coll.)
  • Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio, Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning. [1893]  Ref. E 497.A73 B62 (Spec Coll.)
  • Blue, Frederick J., et al. Mahoning Memories: A  History of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  Ref. F 499 .Y8B58 1995 (Gen. & Spec. Coll.& Ready Ref.)
  • Butler, Joseph G. History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Ohio  [history in v. 1; biographies and portraits in v.2-3]  F499.Y8 B9 (Ready Ref. & Spec. Coll.; v.2-3 also in Gen. Coll.)
  • History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches.  F497.T8 H6. (Spec Coll.)
  • Jenkins, William D. Steel Valley Klan: The Ku Klux Klan in Ohio's Mahoning Valley. HS 2330 .K63 J44 1990 (Gen. & Spec. Coll.& Ready Ref.)
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Historical Collections of the Mahoning Valley ....  F 497.M2 M2 (Spec. Coll. & Gen. Coll.)
  • Sanderson, Thomas W.  20th Century History of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens. [1907] (Micro film 115 no. 269)
  • Wick, James L. and Harriet Wick Schaff.  John Young's Town in the Connecticut Western Reserve [Historical Collections of the Mahoning Valley, v. 2].  F499.Y8 W5 (Spec. Coll. & Gen. Coll.)
  • Oral Histories (transcripts in library (Tapes in History Dept.)(Spec. Coll.)
  • List of Youngstown Mayors, Police Chiefs and Fire Chiefs (Spec. Coll. Unprocessed)

Mill Creek Park

  • Galaida, Edward.  Mill Creek Park.  F 499.Y8 G3 (Gen. Coll. & Spec. Coll.)
  • Melnick, John C.  The Green Cathedral: History of Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, Ohio.  F499.Y8 M44 1976  (Ready Ref & Spec. Coll. & Gen. Coll.)
  • Rogers, Volney.  A Partial Description of Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, Ohio : With Some Papers Reports, and Laws Connected with Park Work.  SB483.Y8 R64 (Gen. Coll & Spec. Coll)
  • Shale, Rick and Carol Potter. Historic Mill Creek Park. F499.Y8 P68 2005 (Gen.Collection) Also in Archives.
  • Williams,  Bridgett M. The Legacy of Mill Creek Park: A Biography of Volney Rogers.  F499.Y8 W54 1992 (Ready Ref. & Spec. Coll. & Gen. Coll.)

Columbiana County

  • Bell, Carol Willsey. Columbiana County, Ohio: 1850 Census; Contains Names, Age, Occupation, and Place of  Birth of Every Person Living in Columbiana County in the year 1850. [Copied from microfilm roll no. 669 (M-4320)]. Oversize F497.C6 B44 (Spec. Coll.)
  • Mack, Horace.  History of Columbiana County, Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. [1879] (Micro film 115 no. 225)
  • McCord, William B.  History of Columbiana County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens.  [1905]  (Micro film 115 no. 223)

Trumbull County

  • Atlas and Directory of Trumbull County, Ohio; Including a Directory of Freeholders and Official Register of the County. Compiled from Recent Surveys, Official Records and Personal Examinations by the American Atlas Company. [1899] (Micro film 115 no.5)
  • Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio, Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning. [1893]  Ref. E 497.A73 B62 (Ready Ref. & Spec. Coll.)
  • History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches. [1882] F 497.T8 H6 (Spec. Coll.)
  • Upton, Harriet Taylor. A Twentieth Century History Of Trumbull County, Ohio:  A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People, and its Principal Interests. [1909]  (Microfilm 114 no. 294)

Sites for Further Historical Research

Maps & Atlases            

  • Atlas and Directory of Trumbull County, Ohio; Including a Directory of Freeholders and Official Register of the County. Compiled from Recent Surveys, Official Records and Personal Examinations by the American Atlas Company. [1899] (Micro film 115 no.5)
  • Lake, D.J.  Atlas of Mahoning County, Ohio, from Actual Surveys.... [1874] (Micro film 115 no 205;  Sp. Coll. Dbl Oversize G1398 .M3 L3;  1974 reprint in Oversize G1398 .M3 L3 1874a) (Gen. Coll.)
  • L.H. Everts & Co. Combination Atlas Map Of Trumbull County.  (Sp. Coll. Dbl. Oversize G 1398 .T7E9 1874)
  • American Atlas Company, Cleveland. Atlas and Directory of Trumbull County, Ohio .... [1899] (Micro film 115 no. 5)
  • Lake, D.J. Atlas of Columbiana County, Ohio.  [1870] (Micro film 115 no. 193)
  • Sanborn Map Company. Insurance Maps of Youngstown. (5v.) (Spec. Coll. G 1399 .Y8S3 1956)
  • Sanborn Map Company. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: City of Girard, Ohio.  (Micro film 77 Reel 31)
  • Sanborn Map Company. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: City of Newton Falls, Ohio. (Micro film 77 Reel 42a)
  • Sanborn Map Company. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: City of Niles, Ohio. (Micro film 77 Reel 42b)
  • Sanborn Map Company. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: City of Warren, Ohio. (Micro film 77 Reel 53)
  • Sanborn Map Company. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: City of Youngstown, Ohio. (Micro film 77 Reels 55, 56, 57)
  • Columbiana County, Ohio : Plat Book, Index of Owners, City Street Maps. G 1398 .C6 T6 1975 (Spec. Coll.)
  • Mahoning County, Ohio : Plat Book, Index of Owners. Ref. G 1398 .M3 T6 1974 ( Ready Ref.& Spec. Coll.)
  • Trumbull County, Ohio : Plat Book, Index of Owners, City Street Maps.  G 1398 .T7 T6 1975 (Gen. Coll. & Ready Ref. )
  • Various road maps Youngstown, Warren, Mahoning & Trumbull Counties (Ready Ref.)
  • Soil Survey, Mahoning County, Ohio  (Oversize S599.O3 A558, Spec.Coll. and Regional Depository)
  • Soil Survey of Trumbull County, Ohio   Govt. Docs A 57.38:T 77
Statistics            
Directories
  • Phone books for Youngstown,Mahoning County, Trumbull County (Ready Ref.)
  • Youngstown City DirectoryF499.Y8 A18  (current in Ready Ref.; prev. yrs 1900-  in Oversize; 1880-1899 [scattered years] in Spec. Coll.)
  • Warren, Ohio City Directory [title varies] F499 .W31 (Current in Ready Ref.& prev. yrs. 1991-94, 1996-- in Oversize);  F499.W3 B8 (1975, 1986-1990) (Spec. Coll.)
  • Youngstown  Area Chamber of Commerce.  Directory of Manufacturers T12 .Y6 (Current in Ref.; prev. yrs. in Gen. Coll.)
  • Mahoning County Community Resources Directory  Ref. HV35 .H42 1995 (Ready Ref. & Spec. Coll.)
  • Ohio Industrial Directory (has a geographical index)  HD9727.O3 O37  (Current in Ready Ref.;  prev. yrs in Gen. Coll. & Remote)
  • Ohio Roster of Municipal and Township Officers and Members of Boards of Education Ref. JS451.O37 A3 (prev. yrs. in Govt Docs & Remote)
  • Official Roster, Federal, State, County Officers, and Departmental Information  Ref. JS451.O37 A28  (prev. yrs in Govt. Docs and Gen. Coll.  JK5501 .O37)
  • State of Ohio Local Officials [from the State and Local Government Commission]
  • Trumbull County Government Resource Center
Business / Labor / Economics           
  • Peterson, Gil.  Steel Industry in Ohio.  Ref. HD 9517 .O3P48 1990 (Ready Ref.)
  • Lynd, Staughton. Fight Against Shutdowns: Youngstown's Steel Mill Closings.  HD 5708.55 .U62Y685  (Spec. Coll.)
  • Buss, Terry F.  Shutdown at Youngstown:  Public Policy for Mass Unemployment.  Ref. HD 5708.55 .U62Y683 ( Ready Ref. & Spec. Coll.)
  • Buss, Terry F.  Mass Unemployment:  Plant Closings and Community Mental Health.  Ref. HD 5708 .B87 1983 (Ready Ref.& Spec. Coll.)
  • Beetle, George R. New Steel at Campbell : A Study of the Feasibility of Reopening the Campbell Works.  Ref. HD9518.Y8B4 1978.  (Ready Ref. & Spec. Coll.)
  • Industrial Targeting Strategy for the Economic Region: Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashtabula, and Columbiana Counties (1992). Ref. HC107.O3 I53 1992 (Ready Ref.)
  • Summary of Reports Which Focus on Poverty in Youngstown and Mahoning County 1988 HC 108.Y8 S94 1988 & ( Ready Ref. & Spec. Coll.)
  • Poverty in Youngstown. 1992.  Ref. HC108.Y8 S53 1992 (Ready Ref.)
  • >Indicators of Economic Performance for Youngstown-Warren MSA (1997). Ref. HD 2346.U52 Y58 1997 (Ready Ref.)
  • Ohio Labor Market Review
  • Ohio Labor Force Estimates
  • Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber REF HF 296. Y28X (Ready Ref & Spec. Coll.)
  • Youngstown & Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau -- Youngstown CVB
Media
Crimes           
  • Allen, Edward Joseph, 1907-. Merchants of Menace. HV 6446 .A4 1962a (Ready Ref. & Gen. Coll. & Spec. Coll.)
  • "Youngstown Roulette." Newsweek58:22, July 31, 1961.
  • Kobler, J.  "Crime Town U.S.A." (with editorial comment) Saturday Evening Post 236:71-6, March 9, 1963.
  • Ohio and U.S. Crime Statistics
Web Sites of Local Interest